Romans Podcast Expository Files 2018 Berkley - Page 41



Romans ~ “Put On The Lord Jesus Christ”
Rom. 13:8-14
As the practical section of Romans continues, verses 8-14 of chapter 13 – several
features of discipleship are collected together, leading to the imperative to “put
on the Lord Jesus Christ.”
“Love each other” has always been God’s will. Before Moses, after Moses and
with the institution of the New Covenant: “Love each other” has always fulfilled
God’s law. Paul wants the Christians in Rome to understand that love is a debt
they owe, and that will never be marked “paid.” Certainly, that applies not only
to the Christians in Rome, but every one of us who put on the Lord Jesus Christ.
To this Paul adds a sense of urgency about rejecting the works of darkness and
putting on the armor of light. This is expressed through a positive, followed by
a negative: “Let us walk properly, as in the daytime, not in orgies and
drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and
jealousy.”
This passage is about how we are to live and the summary of this is in verse 14:
“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify
its desires.”
“Love checks no pedigree or social record before acting. It is absolutely class and
color blind. It doesn’t check the breath for liquor or the skin for puncture marks.
It doesn’t find the long–haired boy obnoxious or the gaudy clothes intolerable.
It has no degree as a C.P.A. in connection with personal slights. It finds the
triumph of truth a source of real joy and it smiles a warm and genuine smile of
pleasure when it hears of someone’s success. It listens with its eyes as well as its
ears. Its bones are made of loyalty, its heart is solid sympathy, its lips are made
of courage, its mind is alert, open and full of conviction. Love at its best is spelled
J–E–S–U–S. Read J.B. Phillips’ rendering of 1 Corinthians 13:4–8a for a real
lift.”vii
McGuiggan, Jim. Romans (Kindle Locations 6967-6970). Sunset Institute Press.
Kindle Edition.
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